Samaritan House awarded grant

GRANT OBTAINED — The Samaritan House has earned this year’s Parkhurst Dining/Franciscan University of Steubenville Love Where You Live Grant. On hand for the check presentation were, from left, Matthew Schaefer, Franciscan University director of student development; Sister Mary Michelina, TOR; Sister Philomena Clare De Hitta, TOR; Sister Maria Clare Smith, TOR; Sister Joan Paule Portenlanger, TOR; and David Schmiesing, vice president of student life at the university.

STEUBENVILLE — The Samaritan House was named the recipient of the annual Parkhurst Dining/Franciscan University of Steubenville Love Where You Live Grant.

Parkhurst Dining, the university’s campus dining partner, awards a $5,000 grant each year to benefit the greater Steubenville community. Parkhurst is a division of the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group.

The Samaritan House is a downtown Steubenville thrift clothing store run by the Franciscan Sisters, TOR, of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother, which sells second-hand and donated items at reduced prices. For those who do not have the means to buy clothing or food, they offer food and clothing assistance. They also meet the people’s spiritual needs by praying with the community members daily and offering weekly Bible study, RCIA classes and praise and worship.

“A lot of social services can help the poor and can give people the daily essentials they need, but to do it with such love and such joy in our Lord is really what sets the Samaritan House apart,” said Matthew Schaefer, director of student development at Franciscan University. “They do the work we have been commanded to do by the Lord: to build the kingdom of heaven here on Earth.”

Established in 2016, the grant is awarded annually to a different local nonprofit to make a difference in the community.

In 2017, AIM Women’s Center received the Love Where You Live Grant.